More than 50 barbershops in a dozen Indiana cities, including Northwest Indiana, participated Saturday in the Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative.
Free blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings and prostate health information were offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a setting African-American men know and trust, according to event organizers.
Recent figures from the Indiana Department of Health show African-American men have the highest mortality rate of any group in Indiana. African-American men also suffer from prostate cancer at a higher level in Indiana than any other racial or ethnic group.
This year’s statewide initiative was a project of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males and included partners Admiral Medical Supplies, Affecting Cancer Together and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.
Gary barbershops participating were No Limits Cutts & Creations, 3035 W. 15th St.; Images Barber/Beauty Shop, 5833 W. 5th Ave.; Lil Lou's Barber College, 2448 Broadway; Marley's Barbershop, 1223 Broadway; and Billco's Barbershop, 2448 Broadway.
In Hammond, Next Level Barber Shop, 6412 Calumet Ave. participated. In Merrillville, Merrillville Barber and Beauty College, 48 W. 67th Place, was part of the effort.